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Hair Loss and the National Anthem

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Freedom is one of the greatest privileges we have in our country, and when we stand for the national anthem, we honor those who fought for that freedom. We honor them by standing, placing our right hand over our heart, and removing our cap if we are wearing one. You may be wondering what hair loss has to do with the National Anthem, but for some people, it’s a big deal.

We just completed a consultation with Mike who is 25 years old, married with one child, has a great job, but doesn’t have a full head of hair. His struggle with hair loss has been controlling his life and has forced him to skip public events. He will find reasons not to go to weddings and he is not comfortable going to church. He loves to attend basketball games with his son, but breaks into a sweat when asked to remove his cap for the National Anthem. He will either sit in the top row of the bleachers or will go to the restroom during the anthem.

This may sound extreme to some of you, but we hear these stories all the time. When Mike and I first starting talking he was uncomfortable because he thought he was the only person who struggled with hair loss. After getting to know Mike in a private setting he started to open up and share his hopes and expectations with me.

His dream was to have a full head of hair that would make him look his age and give him the self- confidence he once had. He wanted to have a hairstyle that was easy to maintain and allow him to live his active life with his family.

Don’t let your hair loss keep you from attending public events. Call Christoffels today and schedule your free private consultation 605-334-7026

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Big Events and Hair Loss

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We have found that when people decide to find a solution for hair loss, it‘s often event driven. Time and time again we’ll have a consultation with a worried mother, a young college student, or someone thinking about an upcoming wedding, graduation, or class reunion. The insecurity of thinning hair or balding has kept many people from participating in these big life events.

We recently had a consultation with Beth, who is preparing for her daughter’s wedding. Beth is a hard working mom who, along with her husband, has provided a modest living for their family but has always felt that spending money on herself was selfish and unneeded.

Beth has been struggling with thinning hair for a long time, but having her only daughter’s wedding in June has increased her concern. She has been in many pictures where the photography accents her thinning hair, and makes her look bald. She even stated that she “doesn’t want to ruin the wedding pictures because of her hair.”

After visiting with Beth and working through the emotions of her situation, we decided the best option for her is a non-surgical hair restoration procedure. Beth is beyond the point of just maintaining her hair – she needed to add more. To fit her needs, we custom designed a graft that covers the thinning area and blends in with her growing hair on the sides. Beth left Christoffels with a smile on her face and confidant that she will look awesome in the wedding photos.

Mother hugging bride on wedding day

I’m Done With the Hairpiece!

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We recently had the pleasure of working with Tom and helping him transition into a more comfortable life that fit his needs and wants. Tom is 57 year-old and has been wearing a traditional hairpiece that he taped on every morning and took off every night before bed. When Tom first came to Christoffels for a consultation, he was beyond excited to hear he had options other than wearing his typical hairpiece.

For many years, Tom has been going to a company for maintenance on his hairpiece, but this company didn’t keep up with the new technology and new types of hair restoration that have become available. Tom thought he only had two options: continue wearing the hairpiece or shave his head.

Tom told us that he was planning a winter vacation and that he didn’t like the thought of taping on his hair while being on the beach, but he wasn’t ready to shave his head.

After Tom became more comfortable in the private consultation and I began to know him and his expectations, we discussed the benefits of semi-permanent non-surgical hair replacements. I showed him the thin durma lens material with human hair looped into the graft. I explained that the hair is completely customized and applied directly to the scalp for a 3-4 week period. Being a client myself, I was able to show him how easy it is to care for my hair and how natural it looks.

We gave him a short haircut that requires very little maintenance on his end and allows him to live an active lifestyle without the frustration of wearing a hairpiece. Three days later Tom left for his vacation with renewed hair and confidence.

Call Christoffels Hair Restoration for your free, private consultation and discover the solutions for hair loss that will work for you.
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Certified Hair Loss Practitioner with USTI and AMCA

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Over the last few years, Sara and myself have had more and more clients coming into the treatment center, distressed by their aging, thinning hair. I knew I needed to find another way to help. I needed to truly educate myself even more on the scalp, the skin and the science that makes up the hair in order to understand the issues clients were coming to me with and to formulate a plan of action. After intensive research, I decided to continue my education with the US Trichology Institute (USTI), the #1 school in the world and the only one with certification from the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). Sara and myself have both become Certified Hair Loss Practitioner with USTI and AMCA. What does this mean for my clients?

Trichology combines dermatology with cosmetology. I’m now educated even more on advanced technology and diagnostic software aimed at studying the hair shaft, scalp and follicles to determine the cause of thinning hair and to treat – and in some cases, even prevent it.

My clients know that I won’t sell them a product or treatment I don’t believe in. Before any solutions can be offered, the root of the problem needs to be identified. During this extensive course, I studied dozens of causes and conditions that lead to thinning hair and hair loss. Most “courses” focused on function – covering up, helping a client pump up what’s left on their head to achieve volume. But over the years, we’ve come to see that not everyone wants to cover up. They simply want their own hair in improved condition.  My Hair Loss Practitioner’s Certification with USTI® has given me the opportunity to intensely study the science behind hair loss, along with up-to-date high-tech solutions currently on the market, such as FDA cleared devices.

Additionally, the Institute continues to provide former students (that’s me!) with current industry knowledge throughout the year, so I will always be able to share information on the latest treatments available.

I look forward to incorporating our latest studies into the business and helping my clients even more than before. Are you tired of hair loss controlling your life? You have even more options today!

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Receive 25% Off Our 5-Step Products

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Remember when you first received your new hairstyle and the feelings you experienced? Remember how great you looked, how smooth it felt, and being able to style it like it was your own hair? After some time you might have noticed it started looking dull, or constantly tangles when it’s wet making it difficult for you to comb.

When the human hair initially comes to Christoffels it has gone through a chemical process that can leave the end product unpredictable. The hair has been stripped of the cuticle and natural color, and then died with a textile die. This process can leave the hair dry and in need of protein and moisture treatment in order to maintain the appearance of healthy looking hair.

At Christoffels, we take this process very seriously and work hard to help you look your best with as little maintenance on your end as possible. Although we can’t always predict how your hair was treated before we receive it, we can predict how it will react by helping you properly care for it.

With the recommended use of our 5-step system you can have predictable results. We stress the importance of our 5-step private label system, when used correctly and consistently it will help prevent dull, tangled hair or premature hair shedding.

To demonstrate our commitment to this process, we are offering a one-time 25% discount on all five steps during the month of April. With each visit our technicians will ask about your hair, and will take the time to explain the proper use for each product step. We are committed to giving you a good experience and helping you maintain great looking hair each time it is applied.

Let us help you look and feel good.

With gratitude for your business, The Christoffels Team

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Why is our Minoxidil More Effective?

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A common question we receive from clients during their first consultation is how our hair loss products differ from other minoxidil products such as Rogaine.

During a regular treatment, minoxidil should reach the hair follicle and simulates hair growth. When an individual uses minoxidil products alone, sebrum oil from the sebaceous glands block the minoxidil from reaching the hair follicle. So what makes Christoffels’ minoxidil more effective? When minoxidil is mixed with a carrier ingredient, it stays in a liquid state longer, allowing it to penetrate down into the follicle and providing the maximum effect. With the use of Christoffels’ gentle DHT shampoo, a carrier lotion and dexpanthenal (12%), minoxidil is able to reach the follicle. Our Complete treatment program is designed to make minoxidil more effective and to give you better results compared to using other products, which contain minoxidil by itself.

Christoffels’ minoxidil is FDA approved with 76% of the people obtaining some to moderate hair growth, 40% moderate to good re-growth, and 8% dense re-growth. We also encourage our clients to pair our Complete treatment with our low-level laser light therapy to accelerate the hair growth and bring in fuller, thicker hair.

There’s no accurate way to monitor the effectiveness of Rogaine. At Christoffels we like to see everyone every 1-2 months for an evaluation. With the use of digital pictures and a magnifying scope, we are able to monitor the progress of the treatment. Everyone responds to the products differently and frequent evaluations allow us to make adjustments as needed.

For an in-depth look at our hair loss treatment programs and products go to restoringhairsd.com

Christoffels' Minoxidil Hair Loss Treatment

Does Minoxidil Treatment Really Work?

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We often get asked if our treatment really works, and while the answer is yes, it’s not always a quick fix. It takes discipline and commitment, even when you can’t notice any changes. Ann’s story demonstrates the necessary patience and dedication needed while going through treatment.

Ann is a 70 year-old who came to us with extensive hair loss. She had seen doctors, had blood work done, and had her thyroid checked but still wasn’t able to find the cause of her hair loss. On top of this, Ann had lost her husband resulting in more stress and hair loss.

Ann came to Sara for help, hoping to find a solution to stop the hair shedding. After completing a scalp and hair analysis, they decided to use low-level laser therapy coupled with our topical treatment of Complete, which includes scalp therapy, DHT shampoo, Minoxidil, and DHT blockers. Ann wanted to stop continued hair loss along with the hope of growing new hair, and these two treatments were great options for accomplishing those goals.

After three months the shedding had almost completely stopped, but there wasn’t any new growth. At Ann’s six-month follow up she had new pictures taken and when compared to the originals they couldn’t believe the drastic change. As you can see by her pictures, Ann not only stopped the shedding but also had new hair growth. The key to her success was consistency and the discipline of using the treatment products daily even when results weren’t immediate, along with laser therapy three times a week.

Call Christoffels Hair Restoration for your free hair and scalp analysis and let us determine if hair loss treatment will work for you.Before and after of 70 year-old with hair loss

Mitch’s Hair Loss Testimonial

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We’ve recently had the pleasure of working with Mitch through the hair restoration process. Growing up, Mitch always had a nice head of hair, so going through the stages of hair loss created an unusual feeling of embarrassment for him. Having always been a strong and courageous competitor, most people would be shocked to learn that Mitch was struggling with the acceptance of his new appearance and it was affecting his self-confidence. At age 63, he decided it was time to overcome these obstacles and to take action; it was time to get his hair and confidence back.

When Mitch first found out about Christoffels Hair Restoration, he scheduled an appointment in January 2011. However, overcome with embarrassment he didn’t show up. He rescheduled for February, and even though he did show up for this appointment, he was still too afraid to make the commitment of starting a treatment program. Mitch’s fear is similar to those we often see. People are afraid of change, and the thought of what other people might say. This uncertainty, combined with the element of the unknown and end results, keeps many people away.

Fortunately, five years later, on November 9, 2016, Mitch committed to making a change in his appearance, and a change in his life. After visiting again and discussing Mitch’s options, he chose the nonsurgical procedure to have a hairpiece designed that matched his remaining hair. He’s over the top with excitement on the final look. His new hair gives him the ability to style it, while giving him the appearance he’s always wanted.

Mitch’s only regret in the process is that he didn’t start it earlier. Don’t wait five years to change your life and renew your self-confidence. Call today and schedule your free hair loss consultation. 605-334-7026 or visit www.restoringhairsd.com

How to Handle the Stages of Hair Loss

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When a client first comes to Christoffels Hair Restoration with the signs of hair loss, they are usually dealing with many new frightening emotions. The average person doesn’t think about losing their hair, and therefore don’t understand how much it can actually affect their life until it happens. The process of hair loss can be slow and continue to gradually expand over time, or can happen rapidly resulting in hair falling out in large masses. Approximately one-third to one-half of all people deal with noticeable hair loss in their lifetime.

The number of individuals affected by hair loss continues to rise, increasing by 10% in the last year. Ninety-seven percent of hair loss with males is caused by male pattern baldness, and 70% of female hair loss is caused by female pattern baldness. Other causes of hair loss can be hormones, thyroid, anemia, over processed hair, chemicals, or pollutants in the air and food.

After noticing the signs of hair loss, people question where they can go for help and who they can trust for honest information. Hair loss is not covered by medical plans and most doctors don’t spend time with clients dealing with hair loss. As a result, people often turn to the Internet or start watching TV commercials that advertise the quick cure and “guaranteed method” of stopping hair loss.

As a certified trichology practitioner, the professionals at Christoffels Hair Restoration are able to examine the scalp and hair in a holistic way. We evaluate clients based on their personal history, lifestyle, genetic factors and environment conditions. Based on this evaluation and consultation we can suggest individualized cosmetic solutions, give nutritional advice and recommend lifestyle changes to improve the health and appearance of an individuals hair and scalp. Most men treat their hair loss between ages 20 and 55, but it’s becoming more popular for men to do so after age 55. Most women treat their hair loss between ages 35 and 70, and even some as young as 25.

If you start to notice the signs of hair loss and have similar concerns please call us at 605-334-7026 or email [email protected] We will schedule a free consultation and scalp evaluation to help you find the right solution.

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Christoffels Helps Three Generations

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Before and after hair loss restoration

Christoffels Hair Restoration recently had the opportunity to help Mitchell through the hair restoration process. As Virg was getting to know Mitchell, he found out that Mitchell’s father and grandfather had both visited Christoffels years ago when they first started to lose their hair. That made Mitchell represented the third generation in his family to work with Christoffels.

When Mitchell’s father and grandfather started the restoration process, the technology was very primitive and the only solution for their hair loss was to tape or clip a hairpiece over the balding area. Sadly, many people still think that is their only option.

Mitchell was losing hair and struggling to find the right answer – should he do a transplant, treatment program, or a nonsurgical option? Because of the amount of his hair loss, a transplant wouldn’t completely cover the area, and a treatment program would only maintain where Mitchell’s hair currently was, while preventing thinning in the future. So, we decided to design a trendy looking hairstyle for him.

Hair loss is a personal subject, so it can be hard for people to openly talk about it. But Mitchell decided to talk about his new look publicly and evaluate the response. He posted before and after pictures on Facebook, one with thinning hair and his old glasses, and the other with the new hairstyle and new glasses. He asked people to vote which look they liked best, and only one person commented on his new hair. Many people fear what others will say about their hair restoration and it holds them back from dealing with their hair loss, but Mitchell tackled the issue up-front and realized what many of our patients do – that there is less judgment out there than they expect.

Mitchell is very public about his hair loss, and will admit that his hair was becoming a draw back in his everyday life. We will be posting a video and interview with Mitchell about his personal journey through hair loss.